residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web The desk was cluttered with papers and files, the residue of big plans. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2021 Other than being the residue of basic court intelligence and an essential component to winning championships, this shot has no value at all. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021 The multi-tasking formula melts your makeup off (yes, even waterproof) and washes away impurities from the skin without leaving residue behind. Taylor Lane, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 Our contemporary biomedical knowledge is stained with the residue of old stories, fallacies, assumptions, and myths. Elinor Cleghorn, Time, 17 June 2021 When washing and conditioning, flip your hair to the front and rinse forward to avoid leaving shampoo and conditioner residue on your back — and rinse your whole body thoroughly before stepping out of the shower. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2021 The downside of sticks is that in high heat — think oven-like 90-degree days — the residue can feel tacky or too slick. New York Times, 6 July 2021 This will help remove any dust, and then wait until any residue from the thinners evaporates before continuing. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2021 Its formula combines growth-promoting peppermint oil and avocado oil, which strengthens and conditions tresses without leaving behind any residue. Tess Garcia, Health.com, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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“Residue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residue. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
formal : the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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